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Posted by Anonymous on 06/28/2013
We are authentic Italians and as such we just love Sant Ambroeus. We tried every Italian spot in NY and this is our favorite one. We go there pretty much every weekend, either for breakfast, lunch or dinner and everything from the chocolate croissant to sandwiches, simple penne al pomodoro, cotoletta or tiramisu is just delicious. Fernando and the staff are always very nice and professional and we always have a great time. Highly recommended!
Posted by Friendly neighbor on 10/20/2011
I travel to Italy all the time and know great Italian food. At Sant Ambroeus, all the pastas are good and reasonably priced -- we especially like the risotto milanese and the fusillone arrabiata -- and the cappucino and espresso are the best outside Italy. However, all the starters and secondi are overpriced and average at best. Also average was the service which is sad because when they first opened downtown, about 8 years ago, the service was perfect. If you want to have a conversation, go before 8pm because after 8, the great jazz music turns into headache inducing Euro club music which will make you want to flee unless of course you want to feel like Eurotrash. If that's your goal, you'll feel right at home. The list of wines by the glass has also declined. You used to be able to get some great Super Tuscans by the glass but sadly, no more. In nice weather, the cafe tables outside are great as is the breakfast. So if you come early and order selectively, you'll have a great experience. Otherwise, all bets are off.
Posted by Chris on 02/17/2011
I cant believe this place only gets 3.5 stars for food. After living in Italy for 5 years, I think this is the closest I have found to any of the great restaurants in Milan. The pasta is always prepared to perfection and the seasonal menu is both creative and traditional. This is not your typical Italo/American family style restaurant , but instead high end authentic northern Italian cuisine. My two favorites are the bolognese and spaghetti alla chitarra. The secondis are also excellent and I think the cotoletta Milanese is really as good as it gets. Deserts are top notch and in my opinion the espresso is the best in the city, (however if you like Starbucks you may disagree). The service is also very good - after my first 2 or 3 times, I was greeted by name. The staff is always attentive, courteous, formal but never pretentious - as you often find in higher end Italian restaurants in the city. As for the prices, while slightly more expensive than the average Italian restaurant, I don't mind paying a couple dollars more for a plate of pasta that is head and shoulders above the average. Additionally it is less expensive than places like Il Buco, which is also very good.
Posted by anonymous on 02/01/2010
walked by here many times and decided to go in sunday for brunch. the place is cute, the prices a few dollars more than your average west village restaurant, but figured it might be worth it. my bf and i each ordered a cup of coffee that was weak and bland, which wouldnt have bothered me so immensely until i got the bill and saw they charged $6/cup! It cost $12 for two lousy cups of coffee. Im willing to pay a little more for quality, but those prices are just insulting. the food (eggs, potatoes, salad) were drenched in oil and soggy. i will not be returning, there are far better restaurants in the village that don't offer poor quality at astronomical prices.
Posted by BeHappyNYC on 12/23/2009
We started off with a cappuccino, latte, and hot chocolate. The latte was perfection and the presentation of the cappuccino was so beautiful! I ordered the Le Foccaccine with smoked salmon. I didn't know quite what to expect but was pleasantly surprised when a croissant arrived! The croissant was cold and I think next time, I would ask them to lightly toast it in order to bring out the buttery richness in the flakey crust. My husband ordered the pancakes. His dish came out looking like a piece of art! The pancake was moist and the full of flavor, the blueberry compote was perfect and the sugar coated fruit on the plate added to the lightness of the dish. It didn't seem like a heavy, IHOP style pancake dish. It was light, sophisticated, and meant to be savored. We really had a lovely breakfast and the service was normal, nothing stood out.
Posted by anonymous on 10/08/2008
I had a great experience albeit overpriced however I chose to pay the extra money for a great meal with friends. To my dismay, I have noticed that they too charged me extra money on my card! I had not paid a tip, because my friends paid the additional gratuity, however they charged my card an extra $30 regardless, thinking I wouldnt notice! After reading that they did that to someone else, I am appalled! It's not about the money, it's about respecting the customer.
Posted by anonymous on 07/06/2008
If your in the market for budget Italian, this is not your corner in the village. The food is great, people watching is terrific, but don't expect student discounts when lines are running down west 4th street. This is the closest thing we have in NY to a European Cafe/restaurant, so the management tends to be incredible to its regulars, cordial to new guests, and downright snobby to those they prefer not to have dining in the place. Lots of celebs, but they are not bothered by paparazzi, so dont bother them either. Don't take the kids. Don't take big loud groups. If you have to look at the bill, the don't bother setting foot in the door. You must have the ice cream.